This service is available to any child or older youth in the legal custody of CYS. CSR is requested for children who have no identified family resource or permanency connections. CSR can help identify and develop connections and supports for older youth as they transition into young adulthood.

All children referred for CSR must be registered with Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange, PAE, if their goal is adoption. If there goal is not adoption, PAE registration is waived. CSR may be used to help meet the diligent search requirements of Fostering Connections. The affiliate agency is expected to work closely with the child or older youth and the CYS agency to locate and develop an adoptive family or other individuals who can serve as permanent connections.

The CYS agency certifies the CSR work when the steps outlined in the CSR plan are completed.